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Ready for Evan

Serafina Silaitoga
Friday, December 14, 2012

EVACUATION centres have been identified around Vanua Levu to cater for people who may be affected by Tropical Cyclone Evan.

Addressing the business community, members of the public and media personnel yesterday on latest weather updates, divisional planning officer north Alipate Bolalevu stressed the importance of being prepared for TC Evan.

"We have identified schools, the civic centre in Labasa Town, the Fiji Sugar Corporation hall and other village halls that are on safe ground (as evacuation centres)," Mr Bolalevu said.

"We're liaising with communication companies on the possibility of having our line open to Viti Levu even during the cyclone."

Mr Bolalevu said they pleaded with people to provide their own food and water if they were to move to evacuation centres.

"People need to bring in their own supply of food, water, warm clothes and beddings to the evacuation centres for them to make do with until any other assistance comes.

"The police, military and fire officers will provide security and be on standby and we have already met with them."

He told the business people to start moving stock and materials in shops before TC Evan hits.

"We are holding this awareness with the business community to ensure everyone is informed and to prepare themselves for the expected cyclone.

"The last thing we want is for people to tell us that they were not informed by the government's north team," Mr Bolalevu said.

The appointed government team for TC Evan in the north is based at the Commissioner Northern's office to monitor the situation since the beginning of this week.